plural noun
cym·​ba·​la | \ sim-ˈbä-lə How to pronounce cymbala (audio) \

Definition of cymbala

1 : a pair of small cymbals used especially in religious rites of ancient Greece and Rome — compare antique cymbals sense 1
2 : a rack of small, diatonically tuned bells that were struck with hammers especially during medieval religious services

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First Known Use of cymbala

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Cymbala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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